Friday, February 25, 2011

Bus Stop(1956).

Bus Stop(1956), also known as The Wrong Kind of Girl. Directed by Joshua Logan. Drama. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray and Hope Lange. Monroe sings one song: "That Old Black Magic".

When cowboy Beau and his friend Virgil take the bus from Montana to Phoenix, Arizona, Beau is also hoping to find his "angel". Beau falls in love with cafe singer Chérie performing "That Old Black Magic" and plans to take her back to Montana.

The next day, he thinks that they are getting married, but she wants to find her star in Hollywood. Beau forces her on the bus back to Montana. On the way, they stop at Grace's Diner. The road is shut down because of a snow storm and by now everyone at the cafe knows that Beau has kidnapped the girl. The men make Beau promises to leave Cherie alone. Later, the road is cleared, Beau, apologizes for his behavior. Will Cherie forgive him?

Fun Facts:

Film debut of Hope Lange.

Green top with black-lace like overlay Marilyn Monroe wears had originally been worn by Susan Hayward several years earlier in the film, With a Song in My Heart (1952).

Film debut of Don Murray.

Marilyn Monroe(June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, until her performances in, The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950). By 1953, Monroe began to perform in leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comedic effect in such films as, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range and her dramatic performance in the film, Bus Stop (1956), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She also received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in, Some Like It Hot (1959).


  1. Dawn, I beat the alarm clock by an hour (couldn't sleep), and thought I'd check in to some new posts. I think you just posted this a few minutes ago!

    I believe Bus Stop was Monroe's best acting part, and she was wonderful. I remember reading that she wanted Cherie to look luminous and pale, so she used talcum powder to make her skin look so white. She was beautiful, and proved she could act. Loved your post!

  2. Becky, I have to get up early for work..:(

    Thank you. I agree, Monroe gave a wonderful performance in the film, Bus Stop. Of course, I love every movie she is in.


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